Let me start by saying that it’s good to be back and feeling more normal and thanks to those who stepped in for me last week to enable my blog to go out. I’ve a long way to go now to get rid of the clots on the lungs, daily injections in the stomach for up to five months while monitoring the tumour – the clots being the priority now and not to form any more. I am on oxygen at home at the moment to stop breathlessness and I’m awaiting a wheelchair to be delivered.
So once again I was admitted to Addenbrooks at short notice, not really being sure what was up exactly. Arrived…taken to Oncology short stay…blood tests…chest Xray…MRI scan and when the results came back it amounted to blood clots on the lungs. They wanted me to stay in for monitoring and so they had to find a bed for me which they did at 10 O’clock at night.
It wasn’t until the staff handover the next morning that I got the technical term for my condition. As the doctor and night team were handing over, they were going through the other patients.
“This is Mr So and so, bowel cancer. This is Mr Blah Blah, bone and hip cancer. This is Mr X, cancer in the femur and this is Mr Smith, admitted late last night with….constipation!!”
I looked up at them. “What?”
They were giggling. I said, “Excuse me. I’m terminally ill here. It’s a brain tumour, not constipation!”
Well, thank you all again for your donations and for your messages of support. I try to thank you individually but my computer is as slow as me these days! I am going back to the hospital again on Friday for more tests, scans and to check on the fecking clots! A new magazine/publication recently launched by a friend of ours, Ms Katy Ryan, “In-Spire”, ran a Headcase article this week and my story featured under the headline “Six Months Survivor and Counting” You can find it at www.in-spirelsmagazine.co.uk.
My two Chelsea auctions have ended this week of my personal collections of programs and ticket stubs. The proceeds will be deposited direct to the Headcase charity once the money has gone to my PayPal account and all the fees (EBay charges, postage, PayPal fees) have been deducted.
I would like to wish a speedy recovery to our Ironman, Tony, who underwent a more invasive operation on his shoulder than he first thought. My heartfelt message is, “Get over it and get back training!” I understand that he is on holiday next week to recuperate.
We have encouraged young Bootsy to dust down his cycling equipment in case he is needed to step in as a replacement for Tony on the off chance he doesn’t recover and get fit in time. We’ve also negotiated with the organisers to have a separate competitor to do the running part of the Ironman which Nick has agreed to do. We are frantically trying to locate enough Lycra to custom – make a leotard for him!
Finally, I would like to welcome into the family my latest grandchild, Francesca, who arrived on the night of Wednesday 20th of February weighing in at 9lb 1oz.
You are a total nutter….the humour you inject into your plight is just amazing…..I now cannot go to sleep tonight without thinking about Nicks Lycra fitting !. I have heard also Bootsie is now cycling without stabilisers so on his way……but Colin seriously you need to be on that finish line in Nice, 23rd June ………please !
dont worry tony,i willl be there,on foot,wheels in a box or in an urn,enjoy your recoup.
Kim & Ken Nunn said:
Bless ya Colin; you have such a great sense of humour, we take our hats off to you (well Ken does ‘cos I don’t wear one lol). Keep up your good spirit and hope you feel much better soon 🙂
Many many congratulations to you and Helen on the arrival of your new grandaughter and what a lovely name 😉
Big GET WELL HUGS being sent to you.
Lots of love K&K xxxx
hi K&K,thanks so much for your best wishes and continued support,well appreciatedxx
hi Lindsey,you must concentrate more,when you come to visit me,i mean helen.thanks for continued support x
Congratulations to you all on the birth of Francesca.
Thank god the constipation didn’t get you , if only we had used our
medical brains the other day we might have been able to diagnose
you ourselves , not much chance of that though eh Col. well you never
cease to amaze me , keep fighting the fight and get well to all those
who are fighting it with you .x
Tony langrish said:
Colin, what a trooper you are mate, an inspiration to us all, what you’re going through puts it all in to perspective. \i thought I had worries, but then again I am an Arsenal supporter. Good luck with your fight mate, hope you start to feel a bit better soon. xxx
thanks Tony,for your kind words and continued support.you can come over to the blue side anytime you want???
Tony Langrish said:
Hi Colin, Good job I can keep smiling, especially after the dismal display by Arsenal in the London derby against our arch rivals. I used to be a Chelsea supporter until I was about 14, but got so much stick from my family as we all come from Islington. I succumbed to becoming a Gooner & have stuck with them for the last 40 odd years for my sins. Keep smiling mate & best of luck to you, Helen & the family xxx
Good to see you have made it home again Colin and presume the constipation was successfully evacuated by some means or other !!! Congratulations to you and Helen on another beautiful granddaughter …keep fighting …and breathing ! xx
hi julie,yes evacuation,was successfully completed,but i cant put my finger on how??
stella sissons said:
Dear Colin, lovely to know you are home again and enjoying your humour especially about Nick and the lycra.Congratulations on your new grandchild.Given me an excuse to knit something for her now. lots of love Stella x
hi Stella,thank you for your continued support,i hope Nick is taking it as its meant,a bit of fun,and that would be lovely if you managed to knit something for our new grand daughterxx
Kevin MORGAN said:
Col. The flag son! it’s upside down! Bit like our season. ‘kin dire last night. I’ve seen some poo over the years but that was as bad as it gets. Talking of poo. I hope the constipation has eased and all’s running as free as Forrest Gump. Take it easy cocker and crack the whip re Bootsy and those stabilisers. He’s got to be brave and feel the fear and just take ’em off. ktbffh and put it the right way round! K x
hi Kev,ithink its to do with Helens photography skills,somehow i cant look that bad??? can i ? as for the footy, ithink we will be lucky to get into top 4 this year !! ill give bootsy another couple of days with them on,if no improvement….there off.!!!!
Inspirational isn’t a strong enough word. Keep fighting mate!
thanks Dan its,you and Tony that are doing the hard bit,keep it up.!!
gary hassett said:
congratulations on the news of your grandaughter just got one myself,good luck with your on going treatments all the best mate.
Hi young Gary,congratulations to you and your family,hope all is,well,we shall have to have a double wetting the babies head xx
Chelsea cramp said:
I’m so proud to have an uncle like u.. I’m very previlaged to have meet you uncle Colin ur a big insperation on everyone, keep fighting strong miss u n love u.. Ill pop to see u when ur feeling a bit better xxxxxxz
Colin smith said:
Hi Chelsea,thank you for kind words and supports
Jim just phoned to say that he’d finally managed to see you today after quite a few attempts. Keep on fighting Colin, we keep you, Helen and your family in our thoughts a lot. Sending lots of love your way, Julie x
Colin smith said:
Hi Julie,yes finally managed to meet up ,it was good to see him and catch up,thank you for all your continued support and love xx,love to you and little Grace xx